Man charged in connection to burned body found in Upper Arlington

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UPPER ARLINGTON (WCMH)– On Sunday morning Oct. 14, a woman in Burbank Park notices a small fire and calls 911.

While on the phone she realized it was much worse. 

“Oh my God! It looks like there’s like a mannequin, that’s not a…It looks…I don’t know sir,” the woman told a 911 dispatcher. 

On Oct. 15, fingerprints from the body identify her as 23-year-old Bobbi Simpson. DNA collected also ID 27-year-old Mohammed Abdullahi. 

Esther Flores, an advocate for women stuck in endless cycles of addiction and prostitution, counseled Simpson, befriended her but also worried.

“Bobbi was just one of those beautiful girls. She was quiet but very friendly and well liked. She was known by another name. Ne-Ne. So we know her as Ne-Ne,” Flores said.

On Oct. 18, detectives located Abdullahi’s Governor Square apartment through geo-locating that tracked his cell phone. 

Then around early Oct. 22, less than a mile from the Upper Arlington Police Department, a police officer says he noticed a car swerving around Kenny and McCoy roads. The driver of the car continued in the same manner until he was stopped around Kenny Road and North Broadway Street and identified as Abdullahi.

Police call it a coincidence.

During questioning, detectives say Abdullahi began randomly talking about the Simpson case and said:  “Her arm was cut off above the elbow…”

Details only police knew about, but not surprising to Esther Flores, who knew Simpson but also knows risks she and others face nightly.

“This is the situation that happens all the time on the west side.

There are women who are dismembered. There are women who are burned and put in dumpsters. You know, there are women who are shot in their faces,” Flores said. 

Abdullahi was charged with arson, abuse of a corpse and OVI. 

Abdullahi is accused of trying to dismember Simpson’s body before setting a fire, according to a criminal complaint. He will be arraigned Tuesday morning.

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